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Solnit is one of the most eloquent, urgent, and intelligent voices writing nonfiction today; from Men Explain Things to Me to Storming the Gates of Paradise, anything she's written is well worth reading. But her marvelous book of essays A Field Guide to Getting Lost might be her most poetic, ecstatic work. Field Guide is about the spaces between stability and risk, solitude, and the occasional claustrophobia of ordinary life. With dreamlike transitions, Solnit considers a variety of examples which contrast created wildness with natural wilderness, including Passover, punk music, and suburban youth, the early death of a friend from an overdose, movie-making in the ruins of a mental hospital, and her affair with a hermit in the Southwestern desert. She explores the mysterious without puncturing the mystery, and that is a remarkable achievement indeed.
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Whether she is contemplating the history of walking as a cultural and political experience over the past two hundred years (Wanderlust), or using the life of photographer Eadweard Muybridge as a lens to discuss the transformations of space and time in late nineteenth-century America (River of Shadows), Rebecca Solnit has emerged as an inventive and original writer whose mind is daring in the connections it makes. A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Solnit's own life to explore issues of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown. The result is a distinctive, stimulating, and poignant voyage of discovery.

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"A meditation on the pleasures and terrors of getting lost." The New Yorker

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"This indispensable California writer's most personal book yet." San Francisco Chronicle

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"An intriguing amalgam of personal memoir, philosophical speculation, natural lore, cultural history, and art criticism...a book to set you wandering down strangely fruitful trails of thought." Los Angeles Times

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Written as a series of autobiographical essays, this volume draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Solnit's life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place.

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Rebecca Solnit is the author of numerous books, including Hope in the Dark, River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, and As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. In 2003, she received the prestigious Lannan Literary Award.

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This book took me by surprise. I loved the title and have read a couple of other books by Ms. Solnitt. I'm a fan. I loved it because it was so personal, yet written in a very artful way...almost poetry. Unexpected juxtapositions happen, which are both surreal and real at the same time, which I loved. Expect the unexpected with Solnit. She is an artist.
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ISBN:
9780143037248
Author:
Solnit, Rebecca
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Arts
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
United States Description and travel.
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Landscape -- United States.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143037248 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Solnit is one of the most eloquent, urgent, and intelligent voices writing nonfiction today; from Men Explain Things to Me to Storming the Gates of Paradise, anything she's written is well worth reading. But her marvelous book of essays A Field Guide to Getting Lost might be her most poetic, ecstatic work. Field Guide is about the spaces between stability and risk, solitude, and the occasional claustrophobia of ordinary life. With dreamlike transitions, Solnit considers a variety of examples which contrast created wildness with natural wilderness, including Passover, punk music, and suburban youth, the early death of a friend from an overdose, movie-making in the ruins of a mental hospital, and her affair with a hermit in the Southwestern desert. She explores the mysterious without puncturing the mystery, and that is a remarkable achievement indeed.

"Review" by , "A meditation on the pleasures and terrors of getting lost."
"Review" by , "This indispensable California writer's most personal book yet."
"Review" by , "An intriguing amalgam of personal memoir, philosophical speculation, natural lore, cultural history, and art criticism...a book to set you wandering down strangely fruitful trails of thought."
"Synopsis" by , Written as a series of autobiographical essays, this volume draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Solnit's life to explore issues of uncertainty, trust, loss, memory, desire, and place.

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